Margaret Thompson Drewal

Margaret Thompson Drewal is a performance theorist, dance historian, and ethnographer. She has studied Yoruba (West Africa) and Afro-Brazilian ritual performance, late-19th/early 20th- century American dance and popular entertainments, including performance at early International Expositions. Drewal has special interests in the poetics and politics of performance discourse. She has been trained professionally as a dancer and choreographer.


PhD New York University


Performers, Play, and Agency: Yoruba Ritual Process (1989)

Gelede: Art and Female Power Among the Yoruba (co-author with Henry Drewal) (1983) Need pub info

Numerous articles that have appeared in journals such as TDR: A Journal of Performance Studies, African Studies Review, African Arts, and The Journal of Ritual Studies.

Margaret Thompson Drewal

Associate Professor Emerita


Performance Studies


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Graduate Programs:

Theatre and Drama